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Good evening, and welcome to BBC Look North.
The headlines tonight: The rising cost of stand`in consultants as our
hospitals battle to fill senior medical jobs.
I would have to really consider it in terms of hours. I do want to have
a family at some point in the future and I do not know if it would fit in
with my plans for that. The Lincolnshire teacher
hospitalised after her car was crushed by an African elephant.
The Lincolnshire footballer who believes he's the only openly gay
player in the English game. The quality should be here for
everybody. Like racism, we have got over that, it should be the same
with homosexuality. Move over, Sydney ` why tourism
bosses want the Humber Bridge to be the latest major visitor attraction.
Milder air around rain on the way tonight, that five`day forecast
follows shortly `` Mulder air and rain on the way.
Hospitals in our area are still having problems recruiting full`time
doctors to work in accident and emergency departments. New figures
obtained by the Labour Party show that spending on temporary staff in
hospitals across northern Lincolnshire and Goole has increased
by 25% to more than ?900,000 a year. Our health correspondent, Vicky
Johnson reports. This is the front line of emergency
care. But many of our A simply couldn't function without locums `
they're temporary or freelance doctors who fill gaps in the rota.
It is because fewer graduates opting to specialise in emergency medicine.
Ruth brand is a fourth`year medical student. She admits that while she
enjoys the buzz of the department long nights and weekend working put
her off. I would have to really consider it. I want to have a family
at some point in the future and I do not know if that would fit in. In
the year 2009`2010 ?737,000 was spent on local doctors. I last year
that figure had risen to 920,000. That is a rise of around 25%. With
six out of ten A consultant posts still not filled, that is likely to
continue to rise. Today the opposition blamed the government.
The first warning signs were three years ago. No, the problem was a
historic one. This has the building for the last decade. When my
honourable friend was Secretary of State he failed to make those
long`term workforce decisions. Increasing pay and changing hours is
not the only answer, I am told. I am not doing it because it pays well, I
am doing it because I want to do right by the people of this country.
Pay does not attract me. However they decide to tackle the problem of
getting more doctors to work permanently and A, one thing is
certain, that it will not be a quick fix.
What can the NHS do to get more full`time doctors into A? We
search shows that around half of training posts current legal
unfilled. To try to entice more young doctors to go into A they
are going to do this by introducing more flexible working, by cutting
hours, increasing the holiday pay and by introducing more training. As
the young undergraduate told us, something must be done to encourage
a better worklife balance. `` work`life balance. It takes six
years to train somebody to work in emergency medicine, sword looks like
our hospitals are going to face a further drain on their budgets as
they continue to use hospital will comes `` so it looks like. We want
to hear from you on this story. Do you think it matters whether doctors
are temporary? Maybe you think more needs to be done to make it more
attractive to work in A? You can get in touch on e`mail or
text. In a moment: The council without
enough councillors ` why no decisions can be made in the
Lincolnshire town that's been left underrepresented.
A teacher from Lincolnshire has had a lucky escape after an elephant
attacked the car she was in while on safari in Africa. It rolled the car
several times, piercing her thigh with its tusk. And it was all caught
on camera. Caroline Bilton reports. Getting up close and personal with
the wildlife in South Africa, but within moments this
once`in`a`lifetime experience turned horribly wrong. And it was all
caught on camera by tourists in a car just 100 feet away. You see the
elephant turn and then roll the car over and over again. Inside, a
teacher from Lincolnshire, Sarah Brooks, and her partner. Both no
doubt fearing for their lives. This is where the attack took place ` the
Kruger National Park, one of the largest game reserves in Africa and
a popular destination with tourists. For this couple, it was a holiday
they were lucky to survive ` Miss Brooks was stabbed in her thigh by
one of the elephant's tusks after it penetrated the car. Her partner
suffered less serious injuries. At the school where Sarah Brooks worked
in Spalding, a sense of shock. They say they wish her a full and speedy
recovery. The general manager at the Kruger National Park says the
elephant had to be killed because they could not understand its
behaviour. They later discovered it had been experiencing a condition
where testosterone levels rise, causing male elephants to become
more aggressive. For this couple, this was a close encounter that
perhaps was a little too close. Caroline Bilton, BBC Look North.
Witnesses have described in court today how they saw an East Yorkshire
woman hysterical, upset and not knowing what she was doing after a
fatal car collision with her sister. Rosie Ann Stone denies causing the
death of her sister Jennie last February when their cars collided on
the A165 near Fraisthorpe. Simon Spark has been in court today.
Simon, what have you heard? Peter, we've heard numerous accounts mainly
from witnesses who were in the queue of traffic that followed a flatbed
lorry at 40mph on the A165 Fraisthorpe Straight. From what
we've heard today, Rosie Ann was behind the lorry and over took it,
but at the same time Jennie Stone, her sister, was overtaking from
further back along that queue of traffic. They collided, Jennie
seemed to lose control and ran into a tree. The question here was
whether Rosie Ann was careless in her manoeuvre and whether that
caused the death of her Sister. Today we heard from the lorry
driver, from a van driver and from a driver that witnessed them three
abreast coming from the other direction, a key piece of evidence
came from Sarah Jane Williams, who was directly behind Rosie as she
pulled out in her car. She saw her indicate and checked her own mirror
to do the same, she said it was clear but she double`checked and saw
Jennie's blue car coming at speed. She later described how upset Rosie
Ann was, shouting, "Jennie, what have you done it for, I didn't see
you, what have you done it for?" But the police's view from, senior
investigating officer John Rusted, was that Jennie was in the process
of overtaking and prior to that Rosie Ann had the opportunity to
observe her overtaking in her rear`view mirror. The case continues
tomorrow. An inquest into the death of a Red
Arrows pilot has heard that the number of engineers on the team has
increased since the accident. Sean Cunningham died when his ejection
seat went off while his plane was on the ground at RAF Scampton two years
ago. The coroner heard this morning that a senior engineer has been
employed and is currently being trained.
Police have been granted more time to question a man who was arrested
after a person was found dead in Louth. Richard Samuel Woods, who was
32, was found at a house on Spring Terrace in the early hours of
Sunday. The 23`year`old man was arrested at the scene.
Still ahead tonight: The Lincolnshire footballer who believes
he's the only openly gay player in the English game.
And forget Sydney or the Golden Gate ` why the Humber Bridge could be the
next big tourist attraction. Don't forget to keep your
photographs coming in. If you have one that you're proud of send it in
by e`mail or hard copy. John says, it has been dull, can you
ask what happened to the winter sunshine?
It is always dull in Willoughby! Does that mean that you got it
wrong? Moving on... It was nice in Lincolnshire.
The headline for the next 24 hours is quite a cloudy one, especially in
Willoughby frigate will be some patchy rain at first and then again
later `` where there will be some patchy rain. This weather front will
bring more patchy rain and from the south`west later tomorrow and into
tomorrow it will be mostly dry. It will be a generally bright day apart
from some stubborn cloud persisting across certain parts. That will come
across as in the next few hours, just a touch of ground frost right
now but temperatures are on the rise with some cloud and rain and drizzle
spreading eastwards. There will be some misty nets over the tops of the
walls. By dawn tomorrow morning it will be new verse six or seven
Celsius. The sun will rise in the morning at around ten past eight. A
grade, dull start with outbreaks of patchy rain. `` a great, dull start.
Patchy rain will threaten once more from the south`west. The most
notable feature from tomorrow will be the temperatures. A mild feel
tomorrow afternoon, generally figures reaching ten or even 11
Celsius. A bit of patchy rain on Wednesday night, a dull start on
Friday, otherwise dry and bright. Saturday looks quite damp with
further rain or drizzle at times. One plane today had a vapour trail
and wondered not. Can you ask Paul by?
I have no idea. Koch you on the hop there. `` court
to you. See you tomorrow. He plays in front of hundreds of
people every week, and one Lincolnshire footballer says he
believes he's the only openly gay player in the professional or
semi`professional game. Liam Davis was speaking days after the former
Premier League midfielder Thomas Hitzlsperger came out. The
23`year`old Gainsborough Trinity player says he hopes there will be
many more openly gay footballers in the game by the time he finishes his
career. He spoke to our sports reporter Simon Clark.
It has been quite a week in the life of cafe owner and semiprofessional
footballer Liam Davis. He decided to make his homosexuality public even
though family and most team`mates already knew. The reaction, he says,
has been astonishing. The amount of stuff that has come out from it,
support on Twitter and Facebook, as you would expect, social media in
this day and age, has been fantastic. The number of people that
have been contacting me for articles, TV things, it has been a
lot more than I expected. Only last week Thomas Hitzlsperger
revealed that he was gay, hopefully encouraging others to come out.
Hopefully it will encourage others because they will see that they can
still be professional football players, play at the highest level,
and still be gay. It is not a contradiction, as I proved. The lads
have been relaxed about it. We cannot treat it as something
different because it is just Liam. As long as he performs well on
Saturday that is all we kill about. `` all we care about. Liam hopes
that coming out could help others to deal with their sexuality and sport.
It comes out another sports but football seems to be a still a bit
worried about it. We still need more action from the FA and putting money
into things like campaigns and poster campaigns to say that it is
okayed to be gay in football. Tonight the FA have told us that
those who discriminate against Lyon and other gay players will face the
appropriate sanctions. `` discriminate against Liam.
Simon mentioned Justin Fashanu in his report there, so far the only
gay professional football player to come out while still playing. Sadly
he committed suicide in 1998. I can speak to his niece, Amal. Good
evening. We have 5000 professional footballers, why do think that none
of them have owned up to being gay? I suppose it is something pretty
scary and I do not think that the environment is designed or set or
has been in the past four footballer to decide to want to come out. I
think that after Justin Fashanu and the example that he set, it showed
that there was fear and that if you do commit something bad will happen
to you. It is all revolving around negativity and if you do come, what
will happen and, like Justin Fashanu, but nowadays things are
changing. This is the proof that things are changing. Do you think
that your uncle would think that enough progress has been made? It
does not look like it. It is kind of sad because footballers are advised
by other people like managers and agents. I think that the way that
they are managed as along the lines of, do not come out, if you do then
it will not be good for you. The outcome will not be positive, but
really it is and you should always find the time to be true to who you
are because otherwise you have other types of problems like depression or
other things are having to commit suicide. So you think that these
taunts and abuse that people are worried about, that it would not
happen? We are in 2014, like me there are many other individuals who
share their mentality that if a footballer came out regardless of
whether he was playing retired nobody really cares any more. In
order to make it so that nobody should care, then you have to come
out and be who you are, why pretend? Why do normal street food follows
not want to talk about the subject `` normal straight footballers? You
must be delighted and proud that Liam has come out to talk about it.
I am, I detained him amazing. Who cares? It is none of my business who
you go to bed with that night. If you are a good player then that is
lime and trusted on. It is great for him to be who he is. Do you think
that stories like Liam's will encourage more people come out? Do
you think that football needs to do more to tackle homophobia? Just a
reminder, here is the e`mail address... Officials from Hull City
Council will find out what they need to do to provide a permanent home
for the aircraft carrier HMS Illustrious when it is
decommissioned next year. Business leaders in the city would
like to use the ship as a floating tourist attraction on the Humber.
They'll now get the chance to view the vessel and learn more about the
bidding process. A man has appeared via videolink at
Newcastle Crown Court after a fire on a ferry just off the Bridlington
coast last month. Six people had to be winched off the DFDS ship and
were airlifted to hospital. Boden George Hughes is charged with arson
reckless to endangering life, and affray. He's due to go on trial in
June. We asked for your response to the
news that fracking could be carried out in Lincolnshire. French oil
company Total is investing ?28 million in test drilling for shale
gas near Gainsborough. There was a very big response on this story,
thank you very much indeed. Jenny in Hornsea said, "I'm really
against it because obviously there are grounds for having it banned in
France and other European countries. I think we need to look into why it
has been banned in other countries, look at the scientific evidence and
the debate behind it before any decisions are made." Bill
they are supposed to be the backbone of local Chrissy, town and parish
councils look after a range of 80s. `` of local communities.
According to the locals, all is not as it should be in this small
Lincolnshire market town. They say it's a bit shabby and rundown, as
Mike Chiappini explains. This is another concern I have about the
parish council not maintaining things around the town. This is a
nice sign which welcomes people to Wainfleet as you come in on this
direction. It has been missing from this poll for released 12 months.
Here you can see a pile of rubbish inside the cemetery which would
normally be inside a very large wheelie bin but for some reason that
has disappeared. This is another item which I think that the town
council should be attending to. It was only put up last year.
The problem is that Wainfleet Town Council currently has just three
members and cannot make any legal decisions or sanction any changes
because the council needs at least four members to have a quorum. They
are in a Catch`22, I appreciate that, but they should have seen this
coming, I think, in my opinion, should have seen what is happening
and done something about it before now. But the council claims it is
trying to do something about the situation and says it knows people
interested in joining but is unsure how to bring them in. Whilst we know
that we can advertise we are not sure whether we can legally co`opt
them. That is something that we are asking, can we advertise, but can we
also adopt those prospective councillors, or is that something
that only you can do. East Lindsey District Council says it is aware of
the current arrangement and is waiting to be officially contacted
by the parish clerk. It says it has powers to help the town council to
appoint new members and set the council tax precept. For the time
being, the town council says it accepts residents concerns and is
keen to restore a full council as soon as possible. Amy Cole, BBC Look
North. The Hull City owner says he'll leave
the club if plans to change the name aren't approved. Owner Assem Allam
said there was no doubt he would leave if the Football Association
don't approve his proposed name change to Hull Tigers. Meanwhile
Allam confirmed that a deal to sign Nikica Jelevic will be finalised.
Meanwhile Assem Allam says the club's record deal to sign Nikica
Jelevic will be concluded today and they've agreed terms for West Brom's
Shane Long. Scunthorpe United have made their sixth permanent signing
in the January transfer window. Former Coventry and Birmingham
attacker Gary McSheffrey has been signed until the end of the season,
following his hit hat`trick for the reserve team last week.
There are plans to make the attempt to `` to make the Humber Bridge into
a full`blown tourist at action. `` to rest attraction.
It's not just about getting from one side of the Humber to the other,
people as well as cars like to cross it ` and many had plenty of ideas on
how to improve the experience. I enjoy the exercise and I walk it
several times a week. I would like to see cyclists separated from
walkers. A bit more for kids would be good. A bit of Angie jumping if
you are extreme! A nice cafe and somewhere to sit, if you have been
for a walk around then you will be a bit tired. You can climb Sydney
Harbour Bridge in Australia and its visitor centre has its own cinema.
The Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco attracts ten million
people a year with its Pavilion, charting its history and selling
merchandise. And closer to home the Clifton Suspension Bridge in Bristol
offers free tours. I am very pleased to have been invited to open the
Humber Bridge today. But the Humber Bridge hasn't changed since it
opened more than 30 years ago, and councillors want to change that,
with a huge visitor centre. We have got an iconic structure called the
Humber Bridge. What we need to do as a community and take advantage of
the whole City of Culture 2017 is to make that not just an iconic site
but also a site which will create jobs and create a former interesting
tourist centre for people coming into the region. Events do currently
take place to attract more people, like the monthly farmers' market, a
huge party also took place to celebrate its 25th birthday and
there were once plans to illuminate it at night. 56,000 people already
come here, but it's hoped even more will come and perhaps take a selfie.
Let's get a recap of the national and regional headlines.
Coronation Street actor goes trial, he is accused of rape and indecent
assault. And the NHS is struggling to fill
senior consultant post is. We were talking about stand and
doctors at the start of the programme. One viewer says, if I was
a lawsuit usefully injured I would not care if the doctor was a
temporary doctor or not, a doctor is a doctor regardless. One viewer says
that people should not going to medicine if they do not want to work
weekends. Brian says, if people stopped paying locums extortionate
amounts then sends would prevail. And another, A has never been an
area that is popular with doctors, this would need looking into first.
And also we had that very moving film, we were talking to Amal
Fashanu fear, and we have been talking about Liam Davis. Great to
see a local footballer brave enough to be himself. Best wishes to him.
That comes from John. I am sure that we as watching. Thank you for
watching. Join us tomorrow if you can. Take care. Goodbye.